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Covid-19 Ireland: Support extended credit guarantee scheme and new pandemic fund

On 2 May 2020 the Irish Government agreed a suite of important measures to further support affected small, medium and larger businesses. These include a €2 billion COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme to support bank lending to small and medium sized enterprises and a new €2 billion Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund to support medium and large enterprises.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Debenhams

In a judgment handed down on 6th May 2020 in Re Debenhams Retail Ltd (in administration) [2020] EWCA Civ 600, the Court of Appeal provided confirmation on the implications for office holders and insolvent estates of using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations, following the previous first instance decisions on the issue in Re Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) and Re Debenhams Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch). Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Use of Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Carluccio’s

In a judgment handed down on Monday 13th April 2020 in Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch), Snowden J considered the application of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations both as a matter of principle and in respect of the logistics and practicalities involved for office holders. Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.

Green is good – a Channel Islands perspective

Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO of The International Stock Exchange Group, explores how the Channel Islands are utilising experience and expertise to make a significant impact in global green and sustainable finance initiatives.


Linklaters scoops Community Mark

Linklaters has followed up its success in the Business in the Community (BitC) CSR [corporate social responsibility] Charter by becoming the first law firm to be awarded the Community Mark. Linklaters was one of nine organisations to be given the award, which is assessed by BitC and endorsed by the Prime Minister. The firm spends […]


Councils emulate private practice models in modernisation drive

Local authority lawyers are embracing private practice methods as the sector faces increasing pressure to modernise But change is proving difficult to put into practice, according to speakers at The Lawyer Local Government Legal Services Reform Conference in Westminster on Wednesday 17 June. A range of different approaches to reform were represented at the event, […]


Hammonds shown half-time red card during Portsmouth FC talks

The consortium attempting to take control of Portsmouth Football Club has dumped legal adviser Hammonds midway through the bidding process. Rob Hamill Sulaiman Al Fahim, chief executive of Hydra Properties and leader of the bidding group, initially instructed Hammonds but switched to Mayer Brown after an apparent disagreement over fees. Mayer Brown corporate partner Rob Hamill […]

Gibson Dunn wants its fill of Brazil

Inherent cautiousness means new office is not the product of whimsy. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is one firm that has not abandoned its global strategic goals since the downturn took hold last year. Last week (16 June), TheLawyer. com reported that the US firm had launched an outpost in São Paulo, relocating New York-based corporate partner Lisa […]

Herbert Smith’s retention rate slides

Herbert Smith’s retention rate for trainee solicitors due to qualify in the autumn has dropped to 74 per cent. The top 10 law firm has confirmed that it is holding on to 48 out of 65 of its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers. In contrast, Herbert Smith’s retention rate for September 2008 and spring 2009 qualifiers […]

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